Red-necked Falcon also called the Red-headed Falcon is found near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat.
Scientific Name : Falco chicquera
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Aves
Order : Falconiformes
Family : Falconidae
Genus : Falco
Species : F. chicquera
How to identify this bird :
- The Red-necked Falcon is a relatively small bird. It is an elegant little falcon about 31-36 cms in length.
- It is a very powerful falcon.
- It has pointed wings and a long tail.
- It flies very fast and dashes towards its prey.
- When the photos in the above photo gallery were taken this Falcon had just tried to attack another small bird and missed narrowly and landed on a lamp post disappointed and looking for another opportunity.
- It has a rufous crown and nape.
- It has pale blue-grey upper parts, white underparts finely barred with black.
- It has a grey tail with a broad black subterminal band.
Where do I find this bird:
- The Red-necked Falcon is found in the open plains and countryside with scrubs amongst cultivation around villages.
- The bird in the photo gallery was found a little away from DPS Tapi in the midst of reed-beds. Probably trying to feed on Weaver birds.
- It avoids humid forest tracts.
- It feeds on small birds, mice, rats, lizards and insects.
- Its flight is straight and swift mostly due to the rapid and regular wing beats as in Sparrowhawk.
- The male and female usually hunt together. One driving and heading off the quarry while the other pursues and strikes it down.
- It makes a high pitched squeal.
- Mainly nests between January to May by making a platform of twigs lined with grass or roods on top of trees or old buildings.
Hindi : Turumti, Turumtari (female)